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Published:  23 July, 2008

By Tim Atkin MW

As part of a major move into the Languedoc, a region that it regards as a future source of some of the undisputed Grands Crus of France', AXA Millsimes has acquired the 60-hectare (ha) Chteau Belles Eaux in the Coteaux du Languedoc appellation. AXA Millsimes now owns 90ha in the south of France, having purchased the neighbouring Chteau Ste Hlne in the summer of 2002, and intends to produce premium quality single-vineyard wines, according to managing director Christian Seely. The company was excited' about the wines it made at Ste Hlne in 2002, despite a difficult vintage, and is confident' that the combined vineyards of the two properties will be capable of producing remarkable wines'. We will implement a major programme of improvements to maximise the potential to produce great wines,' said Seely. The wines will be based on Syrah, Grenache and Mourvdre, although AXA plans to use two parcels of old vine Carignan.